At Home Maternity Portraits // Charlottesville Virginia // Angelsea Urban

Last week featured an epic maternity session on the beach with a flowing gown at the shoreline. Still as beautiful, are these cozy at home maternity portraits capturing those anticipated precious moments as mama awaits her newest little family member. From a handmade heirloom baby blanket to big sister pup refusing to leave her mama’s side. Here are a few personal favorite portraits of my dear friend Beth as we captured a few portraits of her pregnancy with her youngest son.

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Beth Daane - Thank you for these portraits. I will forever cherish them. Forever!!

What to Wear to your Family Portrait Session // Angelsea Urban

Have no fear – a new blog post is here to help you with this age old question: “What do I wear for my family portraits?”

I love to meet with clients before their session to discuss all the things they are thinking but often don’t ask for help with.

  • What do we wear?
  • Should we match each other?
  • Should we have more than one outfit?

All great questions, and when you book your appointment to have your portraits taken I encourage you to take advantage of an optional design consultation to discuss this. It’s also a great opportunity to preview some products that you might be interested in, such as canvas wall prints. Shooting for canvases is very different than shooting for an album, or even digital files, and it’s helpful to know ahead of time what the final portraits will be used for. But alas… that is a deeper topic for another day.

So… WHAT do you wear?

 

Here is my MOST recommended DO and DON’T – and it’s pretty much the only ones you need:

  • DO try to match the environment in which you will be photographed. 

This is so helpful to be sure that there are no distractions in the photograph and YOU will be focus of this portrait, not your bright paisley pattern blouse at the beach, or in the studio on a white background. Neutral, textured solids are your very best friend.

  • DO think about where these portraits will be displayed. 

Will these portraits be made into large canvases for your family room? What colors are in that room? Is it burgundy and hunter green? Perhaps a park session in the fall would be the best fit for your family. Is it white and pale green? Perhaps an afternoon session on the beach would perfect for your color palette. 

  • DON’T be SO matchy-matchy that it looks like a 1990s department store photo ad for $9.99 per sheet.

You have commissioned custom photography for a reason, take full advantage of all the artist has to offer, and that includes helping you design a color palette that will reflect an heirloom piece that you will be proud to display in your home for generations. 

FOR EXAMPLE:

Sample One:

This little beauty was wearing a pastel pink ballerina dress. It was absolutely perfect for her family’s sunset portraits on the beach. Pastels pinks, blues, creams, greys. These are all colors we will see at this location, during this time slot. Not only does her outfit blend in perfectly with the environment, the dress itself offer additional whimsy that captures a perfect time in her life. And then of course, we HAD to splash around and play in the water, because THAT LIGHT! I couldn’t pass it up!

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Sample Two:

A stunning blue designer gown for this gorgeous mama to be is a show stopper. It doesn’t have to be all kacki and denim and sweaters. Many of my clients also hire our in house makeup artist to have their makeup and hair done professionally for their portraits to take the guess work out of make up for photo shoots. This stunning gown, paired with the steel grey and blue jersey skies was a perfect match and complement for both this beautiful mama and the seashore. Check out rent the runway if you want to wear a $1,000 dress but don’t want to pay for it. Many dresses can be rented for a weekend for only $65!

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Sample Three:

Casual morning attire. This morning portrait session was created in my residential studio with a delicate champagne lace and chiffon robe I keep on my studio rack from Homebodii. I am in the process of having a full rack of garments to choose from for this very occasion – when clients just want to arrive in their pajamas, be professionally styled, made up and photographed without all of the guesswork. Sip your coffee and my creative team and I will do the rest. I love how this robe photographs against the cream background with natural night. It creates such a lovely and delicate portrait I know this child will love of it’s mother someday.

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Remember: Pinterest is your friend! If this advice still makes you ponder – just type in “What to wear for a family beach session” or “What to wear for a family park session” or where ever your location is. Here are just a few examples I found doing a quick search that I would give you a big high five for finding! All of these options would work just perfectly well!

So don’t be shy – schedule a design appointment before your session date and we can go over all of these information over coffee or fresh mint tea!

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Angelsea Urban is a entrepreneur and photographer helping families to nourish their homes, relationships and businesses through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published in multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

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Behind the scenes // Angelsea Urban // East Coast Family Portrait Photographer

There is a quiz going around Facebook currently for children to answer questions about their parents. Unprompted. One of the questions was “What does your mom do for work?” As a person of many businesses and professional endeavors, I was curious about which trade my 7 year old son would choose to describe mine.

His answer: “She’s a photographer – but really she is on the computer all day.”

Of course. That answer makes sense. All of my studio and consulting sessions are scheduled for when he is at school. All other sessions are on location somewhere and he is not home. Most business projects are at my client’s sites, and then the rest really IS behind a computer.

Some days I am busy packaging up beautiful products for clients, some days I am at the beach looking for seashells with adorable families, and yes, some days (actually, a LOT of days) I am behind the computer putting it all together.

Years ago (before digital photography) days at the studio meant cutting negatives and putting them on crop cards to send out to the lab for printing. Assembling wood frames (from scratch). Retouching photos (with photo pigment and dyes) or and then spraying them with an aerosol gloss or lustre finish. It could mean assembling an album by mounting the photos with a heat press onto foam core or matte board.

It’s amazing how much of that is now accomplished behind a computer. Manufactures have made it too easy, too cost effective and their products too luxurious to be mounting and gluing and spraying anything for ourselves these days.

I do embrace technology and all it has to offer. Even if it means most of my “behind the scenes” days are behind a computer. I’ll take it!

 

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Angelsea UrbanAngelsea Urban is a entrepreneur and photographer helping families to nourish their homes, relationships and businesses through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published in multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

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June 23, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Steve Urban - So proud… You are such an amazing, talented woman. I still cannot grasp how you can wear so many hats, and be such an artist too. Love you xoxo :-)

First Birthday Tea Party // Barnegat Studio // Angelsea Urban

Thrilled to share this little darling’s first birthday portraits! I had the pleasure of photographing her big brother’s first birthday portraits a few years ago and to see the similarities and differences between the two are so precious.

Addy is as pretty as they come and her sweet pearls and fancy tea party made all her bear guests blush.

Happy first birthday, Miss Adaleigh!

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Angelsea UrbanAngelsea Urban is a entrepreneur and photographer helping families to nourish their homes, relationships and businesses though meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published in multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

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Fun Facts, Inspiration, and What Fires Me Up // Angelsea Urban

Hello BFs! (Blog friends)… Since we have been apart for some time, I thought it was time to re-introduce myself in case you were curious how or why you happen to stumble across my little internet corner. Maybe a friend of yours was in a portrait I photographed? Or perhaps you stopped by for business advice or tax tips back in the day? Since we are having coffee dates once again, here are some fun facts, inspirations and curious tid bits you may not have known…

1. I’m actually really good with power tools. “Good” as in –  I jackhammered my own concrete bathroom floor during a remodel on our old house. I also helped build the very large deck in our current house. Steve and I used to fight like cats and dogs trying to accomplish building projects, but now we are actually a really good team and can tackle pretty advanced projects if I do say so myself.

2. When I was 19 years old, a doctor told me I probably couldn’t have children. I didn’t like that answer. Or the word “probably”. I know everyone loves their kids. Like, LOVES their kids. But I like to believe I love mine a little extra. “Probably”.

3. I started dabbling in photography in high school but never considered leaving my “real” business job because of lack of security. When my son was born I finally had the guts to jump into business ownership and I launched two companies simultaneously with a newborn. A consulting firm and a photography business. Yes. The first years were kind of a blur. lol

4. I am often asked “what inspires you?” I’m never sure if they are asking about my artistic approach or why I continue running up this crazy mountain of business ownership. My artistic inspiration often changes with my personal life. But I think that is a common thing for most artists. I’ve often heard that if you lack inspiration you are lacking excitement in your life. I find that to be very true. I’m such an explorer at heart and when I’m not out in the world seeing new things, I am not in the mood to create anything. That includes any kind of creative projects not just photography.

Ultimately, my heart is to help nourish families in their relationships with each other. I pursue that professionally through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives on what matters most. Or it could even be just a conversation over coffee at my kitchen table. Or hosting a small group with church friends or going through a devotional book with girlfriends. That is what fires me up the most and inspires me to live life to the fullest and cherish my relationships.

5. My husband and I met in Chemistry class in high school. We started dating after I checked “yes” on a note he left me in my locker. And yes, I still have the note, along with many others in a book. I recently showed our kids for the first time. They were not impressed.

6. My daughter’s middle name is Grace. I choose it after hearing a sermon one Sunday morning. “Faith, Hope and Love are wonderful things, but only Grace will get you home.” I never wanted to forget the significance of God’s gift.

7. I loved to draw when I was younger but I was never very good at it. I picked up a camera and I was hooked. I still feel like a cheater sometimes. Like a camera is for artists who can’t paint or sketch. But I love the whole process. I started on film so photography began in a darkroom for me. The quiet moments of seeing your “art” appear right before your eyes. It was such a delayed gratification. You never knew if what you tried to create was going to work out. Until that moment, in the dark, in the quiet… it appears. I love the convenience of digital photography today, but I still appreciate the art of film and bust out my old Bronica medium format camera for fun.

It’s the last week of school here so we are wrapping up with tons of parties and actives and ramping up (or shall I say down) for summer! Is it just me, or does managing the homework folders feel like you are CEO of your children’s fortune 500 enterprise? Why so many papers?

Happy Monday everyone!

Question of the day: What fires YOU up?

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Angelsea Urban is a entrepreneur and photographer helping families to nourish their homes, relationships and businesses though meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published in multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

For education and consulting opportunities, please visit www.urbanrg.com

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